Michael Jackson's Trials

Michael Jackson's Trials


The Ongoing Trials of The Late Michael Jackson

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Neverland Up For Sale

It is reported that Michael Jackson is considering selling Neverland to the Scientology "church".

It is speculated Scientology members were eyeing the property, with plans to turn it into a celebrity retreat compound.

However, there is always fly in Jackson's financial plans, it seems that members of Michael Jackson's family, many of whom are Jehovah's Witnesses, are unhappy with the thought of the Scientologists buying the property.

Notwithstanding the religious objections, Jackson will have to find some money from somewhere.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Jackson's Legal Woes Mount

It seems that Michael Jackson has yet to learn one of life's harsh realities, if you make use of lawyers for heaven's sake make sure that you pay them.

Unfortunately, Jackson seems to be oblivious to life and its realities.

Wachtel & Masyr a law firm representing Jackson has parted company with him. They claim that he hasn't paid them.

The parting of the ways has come at rather an awkward moment as they were representing him in a claim for $48M made against Jackson by a financial company, which also claims that it hasn't been paid.

The astute amongst you may notice a pattern here.

Jackson is claiming that he fired the firm.

Attorney William Wachtel has described his trouble communicating with Jackson through a series of representatives. Seemingly Jackson relies on a series of intermediaries, who come and go as rapidly as politicians' promises.

Jackson dropped out of contact with the firm entirely after his only face-to-face meeting with his lawyers in June, at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris.

Wachtel said:

"Unfortunately, Mr. Jackson has failed to respond to every e-mail and telephone message left for him over the past four weeks."

In a letter from Jackson to the firm, dated July 17, Jackson said that he had fired Wachtel.


"It is with deep regret that I must terminate the services of Wachtel & Masyr, LLP, effective immediately."

Attorneys from the firm of Latham & Watkins quit in November, they were also handling the case, after reporting that their bills weren't being paid and that it was impossible to communicate with Jackson.

U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel has said that he would allow Jackson to reorganise his legal team, the deadline being 5th September. No legal team, then Jackson would have to appear in person.

As already noted, if these allegations are true, seemingly when dealing with Jackson make sure you get the money up front.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Another Day Another Trial

It seems that Michael Jackson has some form of addiction to court cases, as yet another one is appearing in his already busy court schedule.

Jackson is now being sued for legal fees he allegedly owes Ayscough & Marar, an LA law firm, who claim that Jackson owes them $200K for their services in 2005.

Attorney Brent Ayscough claims that his firm was hired by Jackson, to provide legal services during his child molestation trial. One of the cases that the firm were allegedly asked to oversee was the suit brought against Jackson by former business associate Marc Schaffel.

Ayscough and Marar's lawyers claim that they were paid on time until mid 2005, when Jackson's legal fees were paid out by his trial lawyer Thomas Mesereau's company.

They claim that the money paid to Mesereau was to be spread around several law firms, who were all working for Jackson. However, Ayscough & Marar claim that they haven't received that money. Mesereau & Yu are not named as defendants in the case.

The lawsuit filed by Ayscough & Marar also details some of Jackson's debts; including $300M to Fortress Investment Group and $1.6M to his brother Randy.

If the allegations are true, it seems that the lesson to be learnt here is that when working for Jackson demand payment in advance.